A COUNTY Limerick business woman, who is remembered fondly for her kindness and concern for the community, has passed away.
Mary Kelly (nee O’Brien) of Bulgaden Castle, died peacefully at home with her family on Tuesday. She was in her 70s.
Offering condolences from the community, family and friends, those who knew her described Mary as “a lovely lady”, “someone who helped many people”, and “great company”.
She is deeply missed by loving husband Conal, their four children – Marie, Patrick, Conal Jnr, and Kate – extended family, grandchildren, and countless friends.
Originally from Cork, Mary and her husband bought their pub in 1972 and turned Bulgaden Castle into a hugely successful social venue.
She was also known as a hard-working businesswoman and a great employer who wasn’t afraid to get involved in every aspect of her hospitality business.
Conal and Mary’s children took a leaf out of their parents’ hospitality book and opened pubs of their own.
Patrick has Charlie Malone’s pub on Wolfe Tone Street while Marie runs Houlihan’s bar in Kilmallock in partnership with her husband, Limerick hurling great Mike Houlihan.
Conal Jnr has concentrated on developing the food and catering business. Continuing her mother’s caring concerns, Kate works in healthcare.
Her grandson Micheál Houlihan is a rising star with Kilmallock and Limerick senior hurling teams.
She will be sadly missed by her adored grandchildren Clodagh, Mícheál, Conal, Isabel, Rosa, Cal, Pat, Cassie, Leah, Ruby, and Jack.
Reposing this Thursday evening (June 1) from 3pm at The Castle Lounge, Bulgaden, followed by evening prayers at 8pm.
Removal to arrive Friday at 11am Requiem Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Bulgaden, with burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.